Dozens killed in 'Syria gas attack'
on 21/08/2013 09:04:38
Activists said regime forces fired "rockets with poisonous gas heads" in the attack.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the shelling was intense and hit the eastern suburbs of Zamalka, Arbeen and Ein Tarma. It said "tens of people" were killed.
The Local Co-ordination Committees said hundreds were killed or injured in the shelling.
There was no government comment on the claims.
The poison gas claims came as a 20-member UN chemical weapons team, led by Swedish expert Ake Sellstrom, is in Damascus to investigate three sites where chemical attacks allegedly occurred.
One is the village of Khan al-Assal, just west of the embattled northern city of Aleppo. The other two locations are being kept secret for security reasons.
The Syrian government has denied claims by the opposition on chemical weapons use, saying rebels fighting to overthrow president Bashar Assad's government have used such weapons.
The Observatory called upon the UN team in Syria and all international organisations "to visit the stricken areas and to guarantee that medical and relief supplies reach the people as soon as possible". It also called for an investigation into the attack.